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Posted by FiB
09/04/2007 at 05:28 PM
Posted by codepoke
09/04/2007 at 05:34 PM
You need to give us a Hungarian "Vamos" for her matches, Pete. :-)
If she's a thinker, and Magyar too, then I may have a new favorite player soon.
Posted by Language Master
09/04/2007 at 05:46 PM
Posted by Andrew Miller
09/04/2007 at 06:06 PM
She is awesome. Pacsek was also amazing during her match.
Posted by Myskina+Trains=Tolstoy
09/04/2007 at 06:12 PM
Isn't it common knowledge among the tennis cognescenti that Vaidisova is at least two years older than she and her people claim?
Posted by Andrew
09/04/2007 at 06:19 PM
"It's a strange way to put it, maybe, but in a way Agnes plays like a boy," Kuharsky says. "She's capable of doing lots of different things with spin and pace, and that's something you don't see that much on the women's tour."
Well, maybe she is the real thing - a tennis player. Maybe she is The One - The Woman Prophesied To End The Curse Of Bollitieri Bash.
Hopes are faint but flickering on this corner of the planet.
Posted by Nonny
09/04/2007 at 06:31 PM
"Szavay's tennis dresses are one-off unique creations of Marta Makany, a Budapest fashionista and designer."
Forgive me for being so shallow, as the entire article is good, but I have to single out this information to thank you for! I did notice her dress the other night and thought it was very nice, and it's interesting to know where it comes from.
Posted by Willie the Speare Shaker
09/04/2007 at 06:42 PM
Great post. I had pointed out before the tournament started that the "weak" bottom half of the draw wasn't as established as the top half, but that the 4 players I expected into the quarterfinals (Szavay, Kuznetsova, Chakvetadze, and Peer, that's right, 4 for 4) are younger than my 4 picks for the top half (Henin, Serena, Venus, Jankovic) by an average of something like 5 years. This tournament was the best chance for us to see who would be challenging Sharapova and Kuznetsova for slams once the last of our '03/'05 Big Four (Henin, Serena, Venus, and the recently retired Clijsters) retire. So far, all of them have shown what they're made of.
In a year, I wouldn't be surprised to see the top 20 half comprised of low/un seeded girls from the bottom half of the draw. Szavay has tons of room to add to her results at the start of the season, Paszek is up to 35ish with just 12 events on her year, Radwanska and Azarenka have some wiggle room...it's an exciting time for women's tennis, as Venus (and kind of Serena) are resurgent, Henin is steady as ever, Kuznetsova is showing signs of life, the Serbs are coming, and Sharapova is still only 20.
Posted by jb
09/04/2007 at 06:51 PM
One of the cool things about the lopsided draw (the only thing imo) is being able to see some on the young guns on the WTA side. How come they don't have a label like the men do/did? Someone more creative than I needs to name them.
They're going to be giving the top players a run for their money, as they're all coming up en masse and apparently, are rarein' to go.
But geesh - sharapova is only 20? seems like she's been around for ages.
Posted by tommy
09/04/2007 at 07:23 PM
This is most lopsided draw I've ever seen. If Szavay and Peer were in the top half, they would be long gone.
Ivanovic is gone from there.
Screwed up draw makes it a matter of sheer luck, who's still alive in week 2.
Posted by Ruth
09/04/2007 at 08:02 PM
M+T=T: I've often heard people say that Vaidisova is older than the record says; but, to me,the opposite seems to be true: she seems to me to be younger and less mature (in her behavior, interviews etc) than her official age would indicate.
It's nice to see pleats making an appearance on Venus's dress and Szavay's. Some youngsters on a tennis forum I read regualrly many years ago used to call all of the players they considered "older" (Sanchez-Vicario, Conchita Martinez etc) Pleats because pleats were an omnipresent part of tennis dresses years ago.
Posted by Ren
09/04/2007 at 08:40 PM
GENERATION CYBER. Yeah. I'd like to call these girls' generation, cyber: young, fast, techno-savvy, and promising. Btw, are the two Anna's included here?
Posted by Elevennis Anytwo?
09/04/2007 at 08:42 PM
Great info herein. We can only hope that this post-communist, iron curtain-less generation emulates those former residents of the Eastern bloc, the two Martinas, Navratilova and Hingis. Alas, it seems no matter which woman is playing these days, there is too much power and too little skill to allow for long rallies and entertaining tennis. I hope I'm wrong.
Posted by Sher
09/04/2007 at 08:48 PM
Wow, culture clash: I nearly snorted tea out of my nose when I read 'her fanny'. LOL (Yes, I know it means 'butt' in American English.)
Posted by Andrew Miller
09/04/2007 at 09:13 PM
Vaidisova has a hitch in her forehand.
Posted by Travis
09/04/2007 at 10:45 PM
Her tennis "dresses" look like she got them in the discount bin at Filene's Basement...
Posted by svelterogue
09/04/2007 at 11:38 PM
a towel fad is still cute no matter how you look at it :)
even roger has a collection of wimby towels he took that were never given to him.
i'll be watching you, ms szavay. may you go from strength to strength.
Posted by Ali C (Feelin' the Allez!)
09/04/2007 at 11:43 PM
Nice post, Pete.
There is one Lil' Alize Cornet who might be worth a look, too. In the three matches I've seen her play, she strikes the ball very well and is a gutsy competitor. She'd fit right in with these girls - really gave Jelena a run for her money in the third round.
That said, I'm loving seeing some new faces inthe bottom half of the draw. It'll be interesting to see how the Old Guard react as these girls get better and better.
09/05/2007 at 01:49 AM
whats with all the mono? ancic had it, vaidisova had it and Szavay had it. its the kissing disease right? has ancic turned all 'ladies man' suddenly?
Posted by evenstrain
09/05/2007 at 02:21 AM
Generation Zed (Zed's not dead, man).
Posted by Rich Grace
09/05/2007 at 03:31 AM
Ali C: based on Shrieky's presser after Radwanska handed her her head, I think the Old Guard probably won't be too happy.
Language Master: cripes, that's funny! How about a phonetic pronunciation to go with that? It looks unpronounceable!
I like seeing all these new girls. Maybe the USTA knew what they were doing after all. God knows women's tennis could use some more depth. It's also a good illustration of why tennis is such a fabulous international, multicultural sport.
In honour of Szavay, I think I am going to pass by my local Hungarian butcher and imported food store. No seriously, there is one. I've been fascinated by the country since I visited Budapest exactly this time a couple of summers ago. I remember watching the US open from my hotel room overlooking the Danube and the gothic spires of the parliament building. Visit the House of Terror where the Nazis and the Communists tortured and executed their political opponents. The archival video footage and the ominous black phones that will send a shiver down your spine everytime they ring will really put the past in perspective for you. I think it changed my life.
Posted by the droppa
09/05/2007 at 08:06 AM
Generation Zsa? :)
Posted by Suresh
09/05/2007 at 09:56 AM
"I went back to the locker room and went inside," Savay said, "I was laughing like crazy. Michaela was sitting there, all dressed up and ready to go. She said, 'What's so funny?' and I said, 'They changed the schedule without telling us. We're still first match - but after four!"
Of course if you are not Venus, Serena, Sharapova etc. etc. what else would you expect from the organizers.
Posted by Fleaman
09/05/2007 at 11:01 AM
How about "K&K girls", as in "Konsonant & Konsonant", or, if you like it a bit stuffier, as in "Kaiserlich & Königlich", since they all hail from different corners of the old Austro-Hungarian empire - unless that's too Old Europe for you and/or their young democracies?
Posted by codepoke
09/05/2007 at 12:22 PM
Would that be pronounced like, "Higher-AH'"?
Posted by tommy
09/05/2007 at 02:27 PM
This bottom half was so weak. Peer and Szavay were incredibly lucky. 2 onesided quarters. Bad day for tennis.
Posted by ptenisnet
09/05/2007 at 02:31 PM
Posted by nolene
09/05/2007 at 04:27 PM
Generation Zsa Zsa
Posted by Andrew Miller
09/05/2007 at 08:48 PM
Here's a dare, what are the chances that Mr. Bodo can get a magyar moment with Monica Seles at the US Open?
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